SEC Coaches Who Cracked The CBS Sports Top 25 Coaching Rankings

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CBS Sports recently released its rankings for the top 25 coaches in college football. Granted, the pool consists only of Power Five coaches, but the list probably wouldn’t have too many non-Power Five teams represented on it, even if they had been included.

Unsurprisingly, seven-time national championship winning coach Nick Saban topped the list. But what about some of the other coaches in the SEC? As much as it might shock some people, Georgia coach Kirby Smart didn’t check in as the second-best coach from the SEC.

Instead, it was another coach with a national title under his belt. One whose team also just finished in the top 5 of the 2020 season. Sound familiar? Here are all six of the SEC coaches ranked in the top 25:

1. Nick Saban, Alabama

6. Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M

7. Kirby Smart, Georgia

10. Dan Mullen, Florida

11. Ed Orgeron, LSU

22. Mark Stoops, Kentucky

Arguing with any of these rankings is difficult. Orgeron deserved to drop out of the top 10 after the 5-5 finish in 2020, but at least he didn’t fall too far. On the other hand, seeing Stoops get some recognition is good to see. He’s done a fantastic job at Kentucky.

What about the other Power Five conferences though? Here is a breakdown:

  • Big Ten: 8 coaches
  • Big 12: 4 coaches
  • Pac-12: 4 coaches
  • ACC: 2 coaches
  • Independent: 1 coach

What do you think? Did CBS Sports get it right?

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Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and


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  1. Orgeron is a one hit wonder. Lsu under him is closer to last year than the previous year. As bad as last year was though they humbled Florida, who were stupid enough to not play Pitts for….some unknown reason. Ego? One hopes that was a valuable lesson for Mullen. Kid wasn’t injured and the idea of ‘rest’ is a joke especially when he had already missed 2 or 3 games due to the concussion. Stoops should be higher and closer to his conference colleagues. For some reason nobody appreciates that fucking Kentucky has been at worst respectable under him the last 5 or so years and he is the one that ended the Reagan-era losing streak to Florida – AT THE SWAMP. More respect is deserved.

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